#IWSG – WHAT KEEPS ME GOING

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

IWSG-badgeMy hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 

 

he awesome co-hosts for the August 3 posting of the IWSG are Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!

Please take a second to thank them for all their hard work.

I’m keeping this post simple this month for a couple of reasons. I’ve had a lot going on, some good and some not so good. The great thing is that I persevere. I’m thankful for so many things in life – family, friends, and my internet buddies. I also have a deep love of God and Jesus Christ. I may not be all I should be, but I try. It’s my faith that keeps me going when times are tough. I dedicate this post to the Almighty. 

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalm 138:8

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. 1 Corinthians 10:13

This is why I love God so much!!!

What keeps you going through good times and bad?

 

 

#IWSG – SUMMER PLANS

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

IWSG-badgeIt’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

PurposeTo share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

Please make sure you thank them for all their hard work. 

I know I’ve been out of the loop in recent weeks, but as I mentioned in my last post, I needed a staycation to rejuvenate myself. While I was visiting my friend, I was able to catch up on a lot of reading that I had backlogged. Reviews will be forthcoming.

I’ll continue my writing, which has gone well lately. I’m clumping as many MD appointments together as I can so I can also enjoy some quality time with family and friends. I love to change the scenery every so often. It helps me out of my slumps.

What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Are vacations in the air or is it fingers on the keyboard?

 

 

 

 

 

#IWSG – WORDS TO PAPER, FINALLY

Hello all! Oh my gawd, I almost forgot it’s IWSG day!

IWSG-badgeSo that means it’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 

The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Fundy Blue, MJ Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris!

Don’t forget to thank them for their hard work!

Health issues and my recent struggles with depression have caused me to spend less time blogging and interacting with my online friends. Not only that, I hadn’t written or edited a word for at least two months. Until today. A few days ago a friend asked me, while I was in the middle of a sobbing episode, if I’ve still been writing. I sobbed some more and told her I just didn’t have the energy. 

After I calmed down, she reminded me how much I used to talk about the stories in my head and the editing that needs to be done on my WIPs. She knows writing is my release and always makes me feel better. I thought about what she said and decided I needed to push past my depression and write something – anything. 

Today, I pulled up one of my WIPs and spent a good half hour just staring at the screen drawing blanks. I finally read through some of my chapters and saw a scene in my head. I went with it and was able to type about 1,000 words. It felt good. I almost forgot how much I missed it because I’ve been so focused on everything else going on in my life. 

I’m hoping to keep up the momentum and let it all out. Any suggestions on jump starting when having a rough time? I could use the advice.

 

 

 

 

TROUBLE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Hey all. I’m proudly participating in a cover reveal for fellow blogger Lori L. MacLaughlin’s new book, Trouble By Any Other Name. It’s been a while since I’ve posted any, and this book looks like it’s right up my alley.

 

road in steppe receding into the distance

BLURB:

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara’s sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she’d killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

LoriLMacLaughlinLori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

You can find her here:

http://lorilmaclaughlin.com

https://www.goodreads.com/LoriLMacLaughlin

https://www.facebook.com/LoriLMacLaughlin

https://www.pinterest.com/lorimaclaughlin/

Twitter: @LLMacL

 

 

#IWSG – BLOG SILENCE – IT IS WHAT IT IS. RIGHT?

Hey all – It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

Click on the Image to Join!

Click the Image to Join!

It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG will be Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne!

So, it happened again. Life, that is. This time it hit me harder than usual. I’ve checked my stats and I haven’t written a post here since February. Eeep! When I was feeling great, I set up an entire ‘blog schedule’ of when I would be posting. I have to say ‘In my dreams’ right about now. My heart is hurting because of it, but I know that it couldn’t be helped. That fact should make me feel better. Does it? Nope. 

Everything’s been on hold for the past couple of months and I don’t like it one bit. I’m not going to rehash details here because I said enough on my other blog, My Miracle Life. Now, as I’ve done in the past, I’m cleaning out my email accounts (tons of email!), trying to catch up on reading for reviews, writing out some blog posts and trying to carve out time for social media. Yipes. 

I usually say it is what it is, but I hate saying that. I want it to be better and I want to be able to achieve what I want to achieve, obstacles be damned. 

Any ideas on how I can make this happen? I sure could use the help.